Abhay Deol shares a piece of advice with this eye-opening post as many Bollywood actors voice their opinions against the brutal homicide of George Floyd in the USA last week.

Last week, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on an African-American man, George Floyd’s neck till he became motionless and eventually died. This incident enraged many across the globe. It provoked Bollywood stars to come forward and support  #BlackLivesMatter. However, the selective outrage has many including actor, Abhay Deol urging everyone ‘to create actions and movements that are relevant to their own country’ as well. He spoke about the same in his latest post on Instagram.

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Maybe it’s time for these now? Now that “woke” indian celebrities and the middle class stand in solidarity with fighting systemic racism in America, perhaps they’d see how it manifests in their own backyard? America has exported violence to the world, they have made it a dangerous place, it was but inevitable that it would come back karmically. I’m not saying they deserve it, I’m saying look at the picture in it’s totality. I’m saying support them by calling out the systemic problems in your own country, because they turn out to be one and the same thing. I’m saying follow their lead but not their actions. Create your own actions, your own movement, relevant to your own country. That is what the #blacklivesmatter movement is all about! In the larger picture, there is no “us” and “them”. There is not a country that’s real. But a planet in peril. #migrantlivesmatter #minoritylivesmatter #poorlivesmatter #blacklivesmatter

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He rightly points out how all lives matter, be it migrant, poor or the minority. Bollywood celebrities condemned the death of Floyd and joined the movement to support #BlackLivesMatter. While it is important to raise your voice against racism and injustice, the lack of support from the same celebrities on matters that affect the Indian socio-political environment has left Netizens unhappy.

Here are some of the reasons that are earning celebrities major backlash for their actions. Firstly, for not taking a stand against police brutalities in their own country during the 2020 Delhi riots and Anti-CAA/NRC protests. The celebrities have been accused of practising ‘selective activism‘ and not standing up against social issues like casteism or communalism in their home country.

Secondly, Twitteratis are calling out to these celebrities for their hypocritical behaviour in supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement. While it is courageous and important to stand against the injustice, many of these celebrities have been a part of fairness creams or skin tone-lightening-cream endorsements in the past.

Thirdly, racism is prevalent against many groups in India. For instance, people hurling derogatory slurs like ‘chinki’, ‘bahadur’, ‘momo’ etc towards the folks from our Nothern Eastern states. These incidents also need to be addressed like any other racial discrimination issue. However, no one seems to be vocal about important issues such as these.

Director, Zoya Akhtar along with others also called out to this hypocrisy and selective activism.

Also Read: Hacktivist group Anonymous has resurfaced following George Floyd’s wrongful death

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